City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff

August 8th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 42 Comments

8th Aug
City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
City of Ghosts
by J.H. Moncrieff
Series: GhostWriters #1
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.


Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family.

Free Read paranormal Scary SUSPENSE

CITY OF GHOSTS by J.H. Moncrieff is the first novel in the GhostWriters series. This is a paranormal ghost story that takes us to China with a group of tourists to the area surrounding the city of Hensu. Dark entities, a young man with hopes of becoming a writer and cover-ups delivered a chilling tale.

A young man named Jackson Stone slips away from his tour group to spend the night in an abandoned and reportedly haunted town called Hensu. He hopes that by spending the night and recording his experience it will kick-start his writing career. Things don’t go as expected when he meets a young woman named Yuèhai and agrees to share her story. It is one some will stop at nothing to cover up.

Moncrieff delivered a compelling tale with government cover-ups, hauntings and interesting characters. When he is picked up the next day he is curious about the real story of Hensu and that of the strange woman he encountered but things quickly turn weird when the woman begins following him.

While Jackson is the main protagonist another character on the tour named Kate, is a medium. Through her, Jackson discovers he is in trouble. As Yuèhai insistence Jackson questions their tour guide. This places him in danger.

The tale that unfolds is captivating and filled with suspense, intense pursuits, and an urgency to uncover the truth. I easily slipped into the story and while occasionally it slipped into “tell” not “show” moments I was just as anxious as Jackson to learn what happened. Being American and traveling abroad added to the suspense, since the government seemed determined to thwart Jackson’s efforts.

I enjoyed the setting from the descriptions of the tour to the food. I can assure you I will not be booking a similar tour anytime soon.

While this is a ghost story, and some classified it as horror, aside from a few scenes this wasn’t scary and fell more in the realm of paranormal suspense. Fans of the Experiment in Terror series will liken it to the first two books by Karina Halle. It shares the same vibe. I enjoyed the nightmares and Moncrieff’s descriptive voice.

The ending wrapped up nicely and it looks like  THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS, the next book offers a new setting and Kate as the protagonist.

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About J.H. Moncrieff

J.H. Moncrieff

J.H. Moncrieff’s work has been described by reviewers as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure. She won Harlequin’s search for “the next Gillian Flynn” in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year. When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.

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42 Responses to “City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff”

  1. Tracy Terry

    Hmm, love the cover but alas your review only confirms what I was thinking. Concerned this wasn’t so much as a ghost story as a suspense with a paranormal element thrown in.. I was hoping for some ‘ ghosts’ from Chinese folklore in there somewhere.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hahaha…oh I can see us all exploring these haunted grounds and drinking tequila. Of course, Liz will get arrested and we will have to wait tables to bail her out.

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